(1981 – 1987)

  • Noteworthy transitional personnel
    • Vincent Lavery, left Northern Ireland as a child and grew up in Fresno, California.
    • Father Wallace, in Northern Ireland
    • Rev. Jimmy Arbuthnot, in Northern Ireland.
    • Peggy Barrett, left Northern Ireland as a child and grew up in Pennsylvania.
  • U.S. Program
    • 7-week homestay program with American families.
    • Included children aged 11 through 18.
    • One Catholic and one Protestant child shared a room.
    • Northern Ireland Program
      • NI Coordinators promoted the program and selected the children.
      • Children were paired by NI Coordinators by geographic proximity so that friendships developed in the U.S. could continue in NI.
      • CC10 hosted a Christmas Party in Belfast each year for all the children and their families and called them reunions.

    • In 1986, Lavery expanded the program to include 16 Lebanese children.

    • In 1987, Barrett and some NI Coordinators separated to focus solely on NI teenagers.